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Shay Given set to be fit for FA Cup final

Shay Given is set to be fit for Aston Villa's first FA Cup final in 15 years after returning to training following a groin injury.

Shay Given should be fit for the FA Cup final on Saturday Credit: PA

The goalkeeper was a doubt after missing the Premier League finale as Villa lost 1-0 to Burnley on Sunday but could return against Arsenal at Wembley.

Aly Cissokho (groin), Kieran Richardson (calf) and Jores Okore (knee) have also trained but Ciaran Clark (knee) is out while Libor Kozak remains sidelined as he continues to recover from a broken leg.

Provisional squad

Guzan, Given, Lowton, Hutton, Senderos, Bacuna, Vlaar, Okore, Baker, Richardson, Cissokho, Delph, Cleverley, Westwood, Grealish, Cole, Sanchez, Gil, Sinclair, N'Zogbia, Benteke, Weimann, Agbonlahor.

Pubs warned not to show Cup final without a licence

Pubs and sports clubs in Birmingham are being reminded they need a license to show the FA Cup final between Aston Villa and Arsenal on Saturday.

Aston Villa take on Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Saturday Credit: PA

Venues showing the game without a license could be fined up to £1,000.

Mark Whitehouse, TV Licensing spokesperson for the West Midlands, said: "There are lots of people who won't have been able to get tickets for Wembley, so we know the pubs and clubs will be packed with fans who can't make it to the game. To be fair to the honest majority who pay for their licence, we do take action against those who watch or screen games illegally.

"We're always keen to make sure that businesses have all the information they need to stay on the right side of the law and avoid risking a fine."


Aston Villa FA Cup semi-final tickets to go on sale

Tim Sherwood's side will face either Liverpool or Blackburn Rovers Credit: PA Wire

Tickets go on sale this morning for Aston Villa's FA Cup Semi-final match at Wembley next month.

They will face either Blackburn Rovers or Liverpool on either 18 or 19 April.

There is an allocation of more than 31,799 tickets for Villa fans.

The first tickets will go on sale at 9am for fans who have had a season ticket for 10 years or more.

Froch-Groves rematch sells 60,000 tickets in an hour

A total of 60,000 tickets for the hotly-anticipated rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves were sold within just one hour of going on sale.

The pair came face-to-face for the first time since Froch was controversially named winner of the WBA and IBF World Super Middleweight championship in November.

The rematch will be held at Wembley on May 31.

Trainer says Froch was 'psyching himself up'

Carl Froch's trainer says the Nottingham boxer used the pre-fight press conference to psych himself up, ahead of the fight against George Groves in May.

Froch pushed Groves away as the pair came to face to face in front of the cameras for the first time since Froch controversially beat his rival in their first fight in November.

Rob McCracken, who is from Birmingham, says Carl Froch is in a good way mentally, and does not predict any more clashes before the fight at the end of May.

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